Posted: 02/06/2016 at 12:38
Sorry for any rambling, spelling mistakes bad grammar etc.
I had not finished an Ironman distance race since Outlaw 2012.
I entered IM Lanzarote 2013 and had a decent winters training and all was going well until early May. After doing too much, too close together ended up with a Soleus (calf) pull on right leg. Had physio, didn't run anymore until race day, but still could feel discomfort when walking. I did swim in 1.08 and bike in around 6.55 but lasted around 400 metres on run until calf was too painful and retired to the bar. First Ironman dnf in 8 attempts. I managed to get injury sorted and did post a nice pb later in summer at Wensleydale tri, so season not a complete right off.
2014 I entered IM UK. All going ok until early June, twang .........left calf strain. I still went to Bolton and started. I got half way round swim and was limping on the Australian exit, but continued and finished swim in 1.06. Did the bike in around 6.30 and lasted 200 metres of run. 2nd Irornman dnf in 9 attempts.
2015 i decided that I had retired from long distance tri, gave up trying to run too much and did a couple of mid distance races. Last of which was Vitruvian where I finished in 5.09 with no issues on run, so decided to unretire from ironman and enter Lanzarote 2016.